Another ZF innovation is the premium version of the EBC 460 electronic stability control system, which is now installed in a number of vehicles, including the new BMW 7 Series. Not only does the system support numerous advanced braking functions, it is also capable of acting as an integration platform – a black box, as it were, containing the software algorithms used to control a wide variety of automated driving, safety, chassis and driveline functions.
In addition to brakes, ZF also produces steering systems. These are also among the most important onboard actuators in cars, hence represent a key element in ZF’s SEE, THINK, ACT concept. In 2016, ZF also perfected the company’s Active Kinematics Control (AKC) system, which delivers benefits in almost all driving situations by adjusting rear-axle tracking in passenger cars. Benefits include a reduced turning circle, improved vehicle dynamics during cornering, and greater stability at high speeds.